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Showcase - Karma Kid / Live Music

Fri 31Aug
9:00 PM

Note: This event has finished


Karma Kid aka Sam Knowles, a 17 year old producer from Derbyshire, is one of the freshest faces in the UK Bass scene. He takes his place alongside the likes of Disclosure, Kidnap Kid, and Deft who have all been showing their support for his current release in their sets. Whilst finishing school he has fitted in a previous release on L2S Recordings and remixes for the likes of Bwana and Ben Francis Leftwich.


‘It’s Always’ will be released on ‘Just Us’ Recordings, a label founded by currently red hot production duo Bondax, on 8th July. The release will include remixes by Star Slinger and Bondax themselves. The track has so far seen plays from Nick Grimshaw, Annie Mac, Pete Tong on Radio 1 and Trevor Nelson on 1Xtra as well as being a favourite of blogs such as XLR8R and MTHRFNKR. Sam is currently in the studio (also his family’s garage) working on forthcoming material.

Smiling Ivy formed in the mid-noughties and have grown to become a leading figure in Sheffield’s ska/reggae scene.  Renowned for their raucous sets – which have been known to include risqué party games and burlesque appearances – Smiling Ivy have trawled the UK’s motorway network in the ‘Ivy Van’ and have performed with an array of different talent including: Frank Turner, Zion Train, The Courteeners, Ed Byrne and Frankie Boyle.


Owing to Smiling Ivy’s supercharged take on reggae, funk, ska, and rock, they have been tipped as one of Sheffield’s break-through acts. And with a new release planned for the summer, another nationwide tour to follow, and the possibility of a European tour in early 2013, it seems that promising times lie ahead for Smiling Ivy.

Rachel Clegg, Sheffield Telegraph, said: “They could make the same impact as Pulp on the music scene.”

Christian Carlisle, BBC Introducing Sheffield, said: “Love it, love it, love it, love it. Those guys can do no wrong in my opinion.”

Dave Wakeling, The Beat, said: “They’re smashing, nice original touch and good blend of influences.”

Ebony Nembhard, Ark Magazine, said: “The music is fun, easy on the ears and the lyrics feature some witty and astute observations about modern day society.”

Jack Unsworth, Now Then Magazine, said: ”They clearly knew how to craft a great tune and make an atmosphere buzz.”

Hailing from the Midlands, Brothers’ Grin are an acoustic duo that attempt to fuse heart-strung melodies with rhythmic grooves and a poetic turn of phrase. Made up of Tom Jackson (formerly of Long Grass) and guitarist Nick Massey, the songwriting duo have extended their numbers to form a five piece outfit striving to impress, and with their soothing harmonies and hooks, it’s sounding harder and harder to resist…






The music of May KB is influenced by many genres – namely jazz, blues and folk. May plays an intuitive blend of genres lead by her insightful lyrics about the world we live in and what it means to be human. Accompanying herself on her guitar, her playing is often hypnotic and finger picked but with a driving rhythm and live force which propel her songs, making them subtly strong and powerful.

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